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International Union of Crystallography

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Acta Crystallographica Section C

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The sandwich-like title complex, hexakis(dimethylformamide)-1O,2O,3O,4O,5O,6O-bis[2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaphenylsiloxane-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaolato(6-)-1:22O1,2:32O2,3:42O3,- 4:52O4,5:62O5,1:62O6]hexacopper(II) tetrakis(dimethylformamide) solvate, [Cu6(C3H7NO)6{(C6H5)6O12Si6}2].4C3H7NO, is comprised of two regular crown-shaped macrocyclic hexadentate organosiloxanolate ligands chelating a flat Cu6 hexagon, as in the ethanol-solvated analogue investigated previously. The title complex has a more distorted shape than the trigonal ethanol-solvated analogue, being slightly side-oblated, but still contains a large empty inner channel accessible by small molecules (the diameter of the free cross-section being about 2.5 Å). Each CuII ion has square-pyramidal coordination with four basal siloxanolate O atoms and an apical dimethylformamide (DMFA) molecule (coordinated through its carbonyl group). The average bond lengths are: Cu-O(Si) 1.964 (11) Å and Cu-O(DMFA) 2.215 (10) Å. The structure contains four additional DMFA molecules per complex unit, linked by weak C-HO hydrogen bonds. Unexpectedly, the C=O bond length is longer [1.248 (10) and 1.255 (9) Å] in the uncoordinated DMFA molecules than in the coordinated [1.214-1.227 (7) Å].


Published version. Acta Crystallographica Section C, Vol. 53 (1997): 305-309. DOI. © 1997 International Union of Crystallography. Used with permission.

Sergey V. Lindeman was affiliated with the Russian Academy of Sciences at the time of publication.

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